After School Treats

After School Treats 4Swamp Mud

  • 5 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • sprinkles, to decorate

Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl and sit it over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks, sugar, and zest in a large bowl for 5 minutes, or until thick and creamy. Beat in the cream and melted chocolate. Combine the gelatin with the juice in a bowl. Stand the bowl in hot water and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Add to the chocolate mixture and beat until combined. Place the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl.  Using an electric mixer, beat until firm peaks form. Add to the chocolate mixture. Fold in together until well combined. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until set. Decorate with sprinkles. Serves 8.

“Cooked” Swamp Mud

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk (2% can be used)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. On low heat whisk in milk one cup at a time. Slowly add eggs, whisk together until smooth. Turn heat up to medium until the mixture just starts to boil. Turn back down the heat to low and continue to whisk until pudding thickens about 2-3 minutes. Remove pudding from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted and blended into pudding. Pour hot pudding into individual dishes cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours. Remove wrap and apply sprinkles to your Swamp Mud.

Chocolate Chip Crackles

  • 3 cups puffed rice cereal
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup shredded dried coconut
  • 7 ounces vegetable shortening, melted
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • colored sprinkles, to decorate

Line 24 mini muffin cups with foil or doubled paper liners.  Combine the puffed rice cereal, cocoa, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly, then stir in the raisins and coconut. Stir in the melted shortening. Spoon the mixture into the paper liners. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and top with colored sprinkles.  Refrigerate until set. Makes 24.

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

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